The Kansas City Chiefs have finished training camp at St Joe’s.
The Chiefs held their last practice in Saint Joseph yesterday. They left camp with several unanswered questions but leaders are emerging for different open positions. The first-string offensive line has stayed consistent throughout all of training camp. It looks like Parker Ehinger will be the starter there at left guard.
The two biggest questions on the roster is who will be the second wide receiver and who will be the inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. For now it looks like Albert Wilson is still the favorite to be the No. 2 wide receiver. This week Justin March stepped into the starting role at Mike linebacker and will get the nod on Saturday.
Jeremy Maclin returned to practice yesterday and was a full participant as was Phillip Gaines. After practice Coach Reid said that Gaines would probably not play Saturday and that Dezman Moses may be able to play even though he didn’t practice. Tyler Bray, Josh Mauga, and Charcandrick West will not play on Saturday.
The biggest news of the day may be the return of Jamaal Charles to drills on offense. Instead of doing just individual drills, Charles participated in some 9-on-7 and 7-on-7 drills in team today.
Reid talks about starters snap count on Saturday
Coach Reid also addressed the playing time for the starters on Thursday. The first string is expected to play the first half but he said that it is possible that he will pull them early depending on their play. I can’t see a reason to believe that Alex Smith, Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin would play the full first half, if Maclin even plays.
I could see a benefit to letting the line play an entire half to give them more time to gel. The defense should have enough fresh bodies to be able to play at a high level through the first half but I’d be surprised if DJ plays much into the second quarter.
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